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Computer science students rise to challenge




Hackathon 2018 at Beaumanor Hall, Leicestershire Photos: Elli Dean Photography
Hackathon 2018 at Beaumanor Hall, Leicestershire Photos: Elli Dean Photography

Computer science students took part in Oakham School’s first ever Hackathon!

The all-day event was specially designed to encourage and develop students’ problem solving skills and abilities.

Students were challenged to work in teams to solve a range of different computer science conundrums – just as they would in Hackathons that take place in universities and in the commercial world.

Hackathon 2018 at Beaumanor Hall, Leicestershire Photos: Elli Dean Photography
Hackathon 2018 at Beaumanor Hall, Leicestershire Photos: Elli Dean Photography

“Our focus was on fun problem solving. There were a variety of challenges – some of which felt familiar, but encouraged students to practise and hone skills they already had,” says Michael Crofts, head of computer science.

“Others were specifically included to introduce new concepts and skills – to encourage students to be brave and not fear a challenge, but to apply skills they have into a new area,” he added.

There was also a series of workshops – which ran concurrently to the activities – which aimed to support students by equipping them with more knowledge to be able to take on some of the challenges they faced.

“Having an entire day allowed us to encourage students to think creatively over an extended period of time, as well as being able to give them larger, more complex problems to solve that couldn’t be handled during lesson time,” adds Mr Crofts.

“However, it isn’t just about giving students more time to find a solution; the focus of the day was to really encourage them to enjoy the problem solving process, to build perseverance and commitment, rather than fixating on reaching the solution.”

Nearly 40 students travelled to Beaumanor Hall to take part in the event.

It was a fitting location, given it played a key role during the Second World War, with operatives intercepting German communications and passing them forward to Bletchley Park for deciphering.



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